The beheading of Ned Stark by Ser Ilyn Payne was the moment that first made audiences sit up and take notice of Game Of Thrones.
However, the observant Sean Bean fan should have seen it coming – the actor is renowned for his on screen deaths in everything from Goldeneye to Red Riding to The Lord Of The Rings.
Last night Bean took to Reddit to take part in an “Ask Me Anything” session to address this worrying trend, his feelings towards Jon Snow and his thoughts about who he’d like to see on the Iron Throne. Here are the former Lord of Winterfell’s Game Of Thrones answers, in full.
Was he shocked to be beheaded?
"Yes. Yeah. I mean, I knew it was coming, you know?
But when I read it, you know, it just comes out of the blue and was a nasty shock. Especially after Ned Stark thought he'd got some agreement between Joffrey and the various factions, and for them to renege on that deal was pretty shocking.
The scene was shot in Malta, in this big square in Malta, I think they built it, like a big public square, and it was good, it was weird, you know? Because they made a cast of my head with hair on it, I've got some pictures of me holding my head. And it was fun. I don't know, you kind of just have to imagine what it's like to have your head chopped off, Ann Boleyn and how she must have felt. But it was the manner in which it was done, it was all the more tragic for that."
Would he rather fight alongside Robert Baratheon or The Lord Of The Ring’s Aragorn?
"Robert Baratheon. He's from Yorkshire. That's why. Why not Aragorn? If Robert got ahold of you, he'd crush you. You'd be careful not to get caught."
Would he rather apologise to Frodo for trying to steal his ring in LOTR or tell Jon Snow about his mother?
"I did apologize to Frodo, didn't I? Or I told somebody to tell him I was sorry. And fuck Jon Snow."
The one role he wished he had had for longer:
"I guess Ned Stark!"
How did he feel seeing his severed head onscreen in Game of Thrones?
"It was a bit strange, yeah, a bit creepy. We just kicked it around like a football!"
Would he rather fight 100 Tyrion-sized Mountains or 1 Mountain-sized Tyrion?
"The big one. The mountain-sized Tyrion."
Who he would most want to see on the Iron Throne?
"You mean anybody? I'd say Nigel Clough."
When asked to give a cryptic hint about Jon Snow’s real parents:
"I don't know?! I mean, how am I supposed to know? Does anybody know? I don't think he's mine."
Who would win in a fight, Boromir or Ned Stark?
Finally, why didn't he teach Jon Snow anything?
"HAHAHAHAH! Because he's not mine! Little bastard!"
Read the (excellent) interview in full over at Reddit.
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